|Forum topic by Tooch||posted 10-05-2013 05:26 PM||1145 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
10-05-2013 05:26 PM
So I was working on the table saw Friday afternoon, mitering boards that would become a box for my friend’s Dog’s ashes, when all of the sudden… BOOM! The brake on my table saw activated and I was standing there with a bewildered look on my face. I wasn’t distracted by anything or doing an unsafe act, and my fingers were not in the way, so I had no idea what had happened. I lifted up the table insert and sure enough, my SawStop had performed as I’ve seen so many times in Youtube clips and demonstrations. here is what it looked like with the board still on the table… notice how I never even finished the cut!
Upon further review, I noticed the blade came in contact with the miter gauge I was using, and the conductivity of the metal must have transferred the feeling of my hand to the blade. see if you can locate the chip taken out of the miter gauge in this picture:
I normally leave a quarter inch clearance between the blade and miter gauge as to support the stock as much as possible. I forgot to adjust the gauge for the 45 degree blade angle, and that resulted in the blade nipping the miter gauge and tripping the blade. Although angry at myself for such a BONEHEAD move, I can’t believe the reassurance that I have with this Table saw. the chip taken out was barely a 1/16”!!!
Good god and the goose fat! Again, it was totally my fault, but this was totally an accident and goes to show that a second or two of not thinking can really turn out a bad situation. In this case it only saved my miter gauge, but it could have easily been a finger or hand. Thank you makers of SawStop!
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